Mayor Roach Urges Obama to Bolster Gun Control

White Plains' Thomas Roach signs letter, pleads with White House to curb mass shootings.

Their message is clear: curb violence and mass shootings by bolstering gun control.

It's a dispatch White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach—along with hundreds of other mayors from around the nation—are sending to President Barack Obama in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Roach and about 750 other mayors from both sides of the aisle signed a letter sent to the White House imploring the Commander in Chief to take concrete steps to better secure firearms.

"As mayors, we are charged with keeping our communities safe," the missive reads. "But too many of us have sat with mothers and fathers of children killed with guns."

"On Friday, December 14th, the entire nation watched as parents stood outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School and waited, desperately hoping to be reunited with their children," the letter continues.

Among the changes proposed in the letter are criminal background checks for all gun buyers, taking high-capacity magazines off streets and making gun trafficking a federal crime.

"Our constituents are... outraged and looking for leadership from the White House," the band of mayors conclude. "We look forward to working with you to find a solution to gun violence in our country."

The coalition—Mayors Against Illegal Guns—also has the support of 700,000 Americans and 100 survivors of gun violence.

Other Lower Hudson Valley mayors who have signed on include politicos from New Rochelle, Ossining, South Nyack and Piermont.

Kristoff Lukas December 31, 2012 at 01:20 AM
The Citizens in White Plains are also looking for "LEADERSHIP" something politically we have not had since former Mayor Joseph Delfino retired. The citizens get what they vote for.
Dan Seidel December 31, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I think we are ALL against ILLEGAL guns. The issue is regulating a fundamental unalienable right in a Republic, where law dictates the State is constrained in restraining essential Liberty. Knee jerk emotional reactions do nothing but destroy the Republic and the Constitution. So the call is now to go after long guns. MEAN looking long guns that are NOT "assault" weapons of war. wow. The 2nd Amendment is not about Bambi or burglars. Ask yourselves this one: the video of the recovery of the Bushmaster AR15 semi auto .223 from the Newtown massacre shows the rifle being recovered from the trunk of a car owned by a bad guy named Rodio. How did THAT rifle get there if the shooter Lanza used that weapon? The coroner states the children were shot by the rifle - the one in the car? Now the instant clamor for gun confiscation, control....the knee jerks falling into the scenario. 2+2 does not equal 4 here. Who were the two characters caught in the school woods? One shouted "I didn't do it!" Step back Tom and the rest of you. What you are blindly doing with guns is adversely affecting America's future ... for the worse. You are leading us to a 1984 situation. I fear for the children and America.
Kristoff Lukas December 31, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Gun Free America Lets have a total political “Ban” on all legally owned Guns in America. Starting with all hidden Democratic politicians surrendering their Arms. So who will be the first anti gun owning politician to take on the national leadership Mayor Roach requests (Gun-Control) and turn in their guns, give up their Constitutional Rights? Now that the Journal News published the name of city councilman John Martin as a legal gun owner how about Mr. Martin taking the political lead BAN his very own protection, surrender your arms. Jump on the “Ban-Wagon” Mr. Councilman Carl Albanese
Paula December 31, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Paula December 31, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Mr Martin is going to remain silent on this - just as how you will never hear why the client of his form backed out of buying the bulk of the Railside properties. Remeber Delfino said that Martin's company backed out due to the press, and not because of the supposedly non-existant water problems down there that Delfino's underlings fixed by using taxpayer funds to install new storm drains and send the water down to Mamaroneck's already flood-prone neighborhoods. Mr Martin will give a voice to his feelings about gun ownership about as soon as he lets the citizens know why the client of his firm backed out, or even divulges the name of that client. Don't expect an answer. And he is one of the reasons Delfino got away with claiming there were no water problems on Railside.
Eli Vigliano January 01, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Fortunately most Americans do not know how to curtsey -- especially to Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II. No need! Our forebears were wise to keep their guns when needed in 1775 and later. Let today's politicians stew in their own juice. Eli Vigliano, non-gun owner.
Kristoff Lukas January 01, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Protecting Our Children Interesting White Plains politician Mayor Tom Roach jockeys for his 15 minutes of political fame, jumping on the "BAN-Wagon" of legal American guns owners in White Plains and across America. Requesting leadership. You must wonder where has he been all these years on any gun safety issues before he became a political anti-gun American Mayor. Where is Mr. Mayor’s leadership now implementing our security, safety and protecting our children in our very own school district? What plans does Mr. Mayor have? Is Mayor Roach going to take the leadership role engage the public in a transparency open town hall meeting on our school safety? Lets start here first evaluating our own school safety and implement the necessary improved security at home first. Getting your name in the press doesn’t protect our children. Carl Albanese


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